The Christchurch Cathedral and Quake Damage [vBlog]

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B & W photo of Christchurch Cathedral, showing major damage to the entrance and a large cross at left.
B & W photo of Christchurch Cathedral, showing major damage to the entrance and a large cross at left.

Christchurch Cathedral stands in the heart of the city. Like its walls, its future is uncertain. Image: Danny McDougall

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New Zealand is a wonderful place — it is visually stunning, and everyone I’ve met has been very warm and welcoming. Whilst in town for a conference hosted by the Sign Language Interpreters Association of New Zealand, I stayed in a hotel next to the famed Christchurch Cathedral, which sustained major damage during a 2011 earthquake. Indeed, the entire Central Business District (CBD) was ravaged by the 2011 quake, and one just prior – in 2010.

When I arrived in Christchurch, I needed a haircut, so I headed off to a New City Barbers, which received great reviews online. (The place was awesome!) During the wait, I struck up a conversation with a local construction worker, and he asked me what I thought of the quake damage, which is still a huge part of the city’s character (even four years after the quake). I explained that we had just had a second quake in a small amount of months in Michigan — something that’s unusual for us. He pulled out a website on his phone which listed at least 5 earthquakes in New Zealand that day. In fact, the list for the 7 days prior was several pages long. (Check out that website HERE.)

Because of the time spent at the conference — and, due to the limited high speed connections in New Zealand — I filmed one video blog whilst in New Zealand. Here, I discuss the quake damage to the Christchurch Cathedral, and the trolley that explores other damage throughout the CBD. The temperature was 32 degrees, which accounts for my brief blog!

 Want to see even more of the cathedral? Check out the drone footage below.